Second Grade – Eitenmiller
September 15, 2017
We are becoming expert coders! We are working with Recon Rovers! We have named our Rovers, programmed them to talk, and sent them on covert missions. We are having a blast!
We have completed 4 basic missions and the week following Fall Break, we will begin Advanced Technical Operations Missions. This involves writing our own codes/programs.
Coding is the new literacy. Programming is highly creative. Studying it can help to develop critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities, as well as equip students for a world transformed by technology.
We have lots more coding/programming to come!!!!
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September 20, 2017
Today we continued with programming our Rovers We at on Mission 4!! We are learning about patterns and have even created some repeating patterns of our own! Make sure you ask your child about repeating patterns!
Everyone wants to be happy so we are learning about The 7 Habits of Happy Kids. about the first 3
Habit 1 — Be Proactive
You’re in Charge
I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.
Habit 2 — Begin with the End in Mind
Have a Plan
I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.
Habit 3 — Put First Things First
Work First, Then Play
I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.
October 17, 2017
The second graders are becoming expert coders. We are on Mission 8 with our Recon Rovers. Today they program their robots to dance. We continued our book study on The 7 Habits of Happy Kids. We have added the following habits since the last blog.
Habit 4 — Think Win-Win
Everyone Can Win
I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for third alternatives.
Habit 5 — Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Listen Before You Talk
I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.
October 20, 2017
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February 9, 2018
It feels so good to be back in the classroom with the students! I miss them when I don’t see them!! We are finishing up our unit on coding/programing during the week of February 12-16. We will begin a new unit on Cubism the week after February break. Don’t forget the program that is scheduled for this coming Wednesday. Below is the letter that was sent home pertaining to it. Hope to see all of you then!
January 22, 2018
The second grade target classes has been working on coding and programming since August! The students have programmed The ReCon 6.0 Programmable Rover to navigate specified courses, deliver a treat, guard a specific space, surprise someone with a personalized message, or just dance. The students have also been working with Ozobots. These are tiny robots for programming and coding as well! They have done an amazing job with their coding and programming skills and can’t wait to show them off. Therefore, we are having a coding and programming day on February 14 at 9:00am in the media center! We hope all of you can make it and see how far they have come. Thanks so much for all your support! Hope to see you then!
February 28, 2018
I can’t believe February is over! This school year is flying! Second grade started a new unit today. The new unit is entitled Cubism!
The students will learn some of the basic concepts of Cubism, along with a little about Picasso, and the Rubik’s Cube.
The students will learn to solve one side of the Rubik’s Cube through this series of 6 lessons. We completed lesson 1 today, which involved getting to know our cube and making a white cross. Some students were successful in making the cross and some were not. With more practice, everyone will eventually be successful! We also researched Pablo Picasso today. The students wrote 5 interesting facts about him!
Next week, we will be drawing self portraits of ourselves! There is a lot of fun art work will be created in this unit as well.
Remember, the Family STEAM Project is due March 7. I can’t wait to see the different types of games that are created!
March 7, 2018
The students absolutely loved playing all the games that were created in our Family STEAM Projects. I saw some amazing creations! We had games that involved flipping bottles, rolling dice, guessing mystery objects, moving pegs around a board, and answering trivia questions!
The next Family STEAM Project is due Wednesday, March 28, 2018. The students will be creating a gift for someone!
We continued on with The Rubik’s Cube today. The students were challenged to complete one white side. This has really been a task for all the students but they are handling the setbacks well! I am so very proud of them.
After learning more about Picasso, we created self portraits. We also learned about Picasso’s “Blue Period” and will be creating a work of art from that time period next week. Be sure to ask your child why it was called The Blue Period.”
Pieces of artwork from Picasso’s “Blue Period.”